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of andy coulson while he was heading the government media service. will the prime minister confirm that a year ago during the period when mr. coulson was director of communications, the cabinet secretary was alerted to evidence of illegal phone hacking, covert surveillance and hostile media briefing directed against a senior official in the government service, what action, if any, was taken to investigate what appears to have been disgraceful and illegal conduct close to the heart of government? >> well, i have to look very closely what the honorable gentleman says but the point i've made and i've never seen any evidence to go against it is that in the period that andy coulson worked at number 10 downing street as head of communications that there was no complaint about the way he did his job. now, i fully accept -- i take responsibility for employing him. i take responsibility for that decision. and i've laid out very clearly today what i think of that now and all that has been learned and you have to learn these lessons if you're going to go on and get things right for the future
no allegations directly linking andy coulson to illegal behavior. it did not shed any further light on the issue of phone hacking. imad the editor of the guardian the very next month and he did not raise meat -- rates with me once. i'm at 10 a year later, and he did not raise that either. if this information is so significant, why have i not been asked one question about it? the reason why a, the reason why, the reason why, mr. speaker, it did not add anything to the assurances that i was given. if i was lied to, if the police relied too, it would be a matter of regret and a matter of criminal prosecution. >> anybody might think it was an orchestrated noise that was taking place. order, the house will come to order. >> andy coulson had hired a man, and jailed for seven years, for criminal conspiracy to make payments to the police on behalf of "news of the world." this evidence cast serious doubt on his assurances as an isolated example of illegal activity. the prime minister says the chief of staff is not pass on this very serious information. can he now tell us what information he proposes to t
stewardship. coulson resigned in 2007 after an editor was jailed for hacking into the phones of royal aides. coulson then joined the staff of david cameron as director of communications. that was when mr. cameron was the leader of the opposition. but coulson stayed on to the job until the start of the year, about five months ago. in the last few minutes, we heard that david cameron, the british treatment, will be holding a press conference at half past the hour, 9:30 british time, 10:30 central european time. we will bring that live to you. the closure of the "news of the world" may feel like the end of an era. but is it really? already we are hearing reports that the murdoch empire is preparing a replacement. dan rivers joins us now from outside the "news of the world" offices in east london. dan, raining heavily there, i can see. but good-bye "news of the world" hello "sun on sunday?" >> the final edition of the "news of the world" is being put together by staff behind me who have been told yesterday that they will be their last edition after 168 years, the world's biggest selling english
of questions. there was questions about his decision to hire andy coulson as his media chief. >> the right hon. gentleman. >> a stormy session in parliament. david cameron rallied his party as he deflected criticism. he has announced an inquiry into the phone hacking affair. at the heart of the scandal, there are questions about the cozy relationship between the police come and media, and politicians in britain. >> i am the first prime minister to publish meetings between senior executives, private tears -- proprietors. this stretches right back to the general election. >> it was his decision to fire the former "news of the world," editor andy coulson that is drawing the most criticism. there are questions about whether andy coulson knew about the illegal activity on his watch. >> he was caught in a tragic conflict of loyalty between the standards and integrity that people should expect of him and his staff and his personal allegiance to andy coulson. he made the wrong choice. >> you don't make decisions in hindsight, you make them in the present. you live and you learn and to believe you me,
now for hiring and nicholson and bringing him into a downing street? -- andy coulson. >> i would say to stop hunting feeble conspiracy theories. most that was just -- let me thank him and what he said about the panel, which we have sent the names to his office this morning. on most of the other questions, i feel that he wrote to the questions before he heard my statement today. about the issue of british sky broadcasting. there was no breach of the ministerial code. you heard the evidence yesterday saying that there was not one single in a group of conversation. and when it comes to setting out meetings with news corp., i have sat at every single meeting. they published a list this morning, but it does not go back to the last election. when are we going to see the transparency from tony blair and from gordon brown? , -- second issue, his questions about couslon. >> oder. we wan -- order. >> no one has raised a single question about coulons's conduct on downing street. there's only one party with a news international executive equipment a -- in his hand. pink, the question that he rai
apology now for hiring mr. coulson and bringing him into the heart of do you think street? >> the prime minister. >> what i would say to the right honorable gentleman is stop hunting feeble conspiracies and go to the level of events. most of that was just a tissues of totally -- i will try and answer every point -- first of all, let me thank him for what he said about recording parliament. that is right. let me thank him what he said about lord levson. let me thank him what he said about the panel which we sent the names to his office this morning. i have to say on most of the other questions i feel he wrote the questions before he heard my statement today. he asked -- he asks about the issue of -- he asks about the issue of bskyb. the cabinet secretary has said there was no breach of the ministerial code. i have set out every single meeting since the last election. no. the right honorable gentleman published a list this morning but it does not go back to the last election. and indeed when are we going to see the transparency from tony blair and from gordon brown? second, second, second
every effort for the facts. did would surely have led him to change his mind about mr. coulson. all would decline. he was accused of making payments to police. the prime minister did nothing with the information. in may of 2010, he warned the prime minister of bringing him into downing street. he did nothing. on september the fourth 2010, the new york times published an investigation " in most civil -- quoting multiple sources. we know that article is not enough to open their increase. we know it triggers the termination of the metropolitan police. that led to the author. he said it is right that it does not taken up. the question is why. the prime minister was compromised by his relationship. therefore, he cannot be told anything at all about his investigation concerning a member of his own staff. he was struck by conflict of interest. the prime minister should not have had to rely on briefings from his chief of staff. here was a major investigation published by global newspaper about the director of communications. he was not mentioned in the article. what did the prime minister d
-- in terms of andy coulson, no one has argued that the work he did in government in any way was inappropriate or bad. he worked well in government. he then left government. there is a contrast, i would say, with the situation at the metropolitan police where clearly at the metropolitan police, the issues have been around whether or not the investigation is being pursued properly, and that is why i think sir paul reached a different conclusion. so i don't believe the two situations are the same same in any shape or form. i think if you look at what the british government has done, it has been very decisive in setting up the judicial inquiry, making sure the police investigation is properly funded and carried out and being transparent in all of the press contacts we've had, and in answering questions from parliament and others, and that's why i'm asking for parliament to sit an extra day on wednesday so i can make a new statement, adding to the details of the judicial inquiry, answering any questions that come up from today's announcement or indeed from tomorrow's announcements, because what th
head of communications, andy coulson, has been released on bail after being arrested on allegations of phone hacking. in the latest development, and an unnamed man became the third man to be arrested in the past 24 hours as part of the investigation. scotland yard says he was questioned on suspicion of corruption. our political editor reports. >> can you tell us what happened? >> what happened, the cops nikced cameron's man. >> are you the fall guy for this scandal? >> he was arrested and questioned for nine hours at the police station today on suspicion of conspiring to intercept the indications and corruption's. his former boss had thought that the stand would disappear. instead, it exploded in his face. the prime minister decided to plead guilty for failing to take seriously the epidemic of phone hacking. >> we turned a blind eye to the need to sort this issue and to get on top of the bad practices, to change the way our newspapers are regulated. we have not gripped this issue. >> there was mitigating circumstances. they wanted the papers to help him win. >> their relationship be
of the world." he said he takes full responsibility also for making the paper's former editor, andy coulson, the director of communications and expects to be judged on that. while there are reports that mr. coulson will be arrested, let's go live now to the news conference in downing street. >> and that isn't just about relationships with news international. that applies to everybody. and i think that's where we really need -- and i think that's where we have a genuine opportunity. this is, if you like, a sort of cathartic moment for politicians to say we're going to have these inquiries, they're going to be difficult for everybody to learn the lessons of, they're going to come out hopefully with a new way of regulating the press that ensures press freedom but also press responsibility, and then the politicians are going to step up to the plate and stop, frankly, just trying to curry favor with the media, but instead regulate properly so that actually we have a better situation. this is a huge opportunity if we get it right. the point i make about this is there are proper organizations and
. wallace and mr. coulson and we will explore that later, what happened concerning that. specifically you make reference -- this excited lot of interest -- between what you did and the employment of mr. coulson and it sounds like you took a swipe at the prime minister bearing in mind that you said the prime minister has employed somebody who had resigned but mr. wallace has not resigned as a result of this. there was comment that you were resigning and they were just carrying on. you were treated differently or appeared to be treated differently? >> we always live in a world where the media interprets -- i was taking notice of the prime minister to mix something--make something absolutely clear. tried to make something absolutely clear. i do agree with the prime minister when he says of course the employment of mr. coulson and mr. wallace were different. mr. wallace was never employed to be my personal assistant. i know we are going to this later. he was employed to provide advice -- he would give me some occasional -- that was one of the reasons and it certainly wasn't -- what i was tryi
defended hiring andy coulson but he said that in hindsight he would not have made the same choice. this report contains flash photography. >> a french in need -- a friend in need is a friend. they become a massive headache. david cameron has always defended his decision to give andy coulson a second chance. >> with 20/20 hindsight, i would not have offered him the job and i expect he would not have taken it. you don't make decisions in hindsight, you make them in the present. you live and you learn, believe you me, i have led. >> the prime minister said he was extremely sorry. what he -- was he ready to say sorry for hiring him? >> if it turns out that i had been lied to, that would be a moment for a profound apology. >> few expected him to go that far. >> that is not good enough. this is not about hindsight, mr. speaker, it is not about whether mr. colson lied to him, it is about all the information that the prime minister ignored. >> there was questions about the prime minister's other choice of friends. there was many meetings with news international bosses with rebekah brooks
for the facts. did would surely have led him to change his mind about mr. coulson. all would decline. he was accused of making payments to police. the prime minister did nothing with the information. in may of 2010, he warned the prime minister of bringing him into downing street. he did nothing. on september the fourth 2010, the new york times published an investigation " in most civil -- quoting multiple sources. we know that article is not enough to open their increase. we know it triggers the termination of the metropolitan police. that led to the author. he said it is right that it does not taken up. the question is why. the prime minister was compromised by his relationship. therefore, he cannot be told anything at all about his investigation concerning a member of his own staff. he was struck by conflict of interest. the prime minister should not have had to rely on briefings from his chief of staff. here was a major investigation published by global newspaper about the director of communications. he was not mentioned in the article. what did the prime minister do? he did nothing.
. former director of communications, andy coulson, expected to be questioned by investigators today. he had been an editor at "news of the world." and the labor leader says the prime minister made an appalling error of judgment in hiring coulson. the paper is printing its final edition sunday aimed -- this is all amid claims it hacked into the voicemails of various people. people including celebrities, politicians, terror victims, even a murdered teenager. >>> a man accused of murdering a 75-year-old south dakota woman says he schemed to assassinate president obama. 41-year-old james mcveigh is being held in wisconsin for a mental evaluation after telling officers and reporters that stabbing the woman of his first step in the assassination plot. he says he wanted to steal her car, kicking off a murderous multistate roadtrip that would eventually end in d.c. with the death of the president. the secret service says it's been aware of mcveigh since 2009. >>> and the "boston globe" is reporting that before president obama was born, his father talked about giving him up for adoption. now the art
. coulson. >> rose: he said nothing thatwot in the hiring of coulson, even though he had been warned? >> the prime minister clearly attaches a great deal to personal loyalty. as he told the house of commons today, he asked mr. coulson whether there was anything he had to hide, whether there was anything wrong, and mr. coulson has also given evidence before parliament. he's been interviewed by the police. so cameron's comment today, was "wl, if i was in effect lie to, not quite indirectly, there will be grave consequences. then at that moment in future i will offer a profound apology." that's quite a lot in etonian terms, charlie. >> rose: i'm not sure whatetoni. catherine, do you know? >> i've been around enough etians, i'm beginning to learn, partly by bter experience. >> rose: some have speculatedons attracted to mr. coulson he gave from a different kind of background he did, which did not include eaton. >> that's ry much my view, that one of the reasons that andy coulson's disadvantages outweighed his -- were outweighed by his attraction foss cameron is this idea that he could con
to face the music, and he was asked repeatedly in his decision to hire andy coulson, and now coulson has been arrested as part of the investigation. let's hear what he said. >> he says in hindsight he made a mistake by hiring mr. coulson. that is not good enough. it's not about hindsight, mr. speaker, or whether or not he was lied to, but it's about the information and warnings that the prime minister ignored. he was warned, and he preferred to ignore the warnings. >> the prime minister says he wasn't warned, and he never received those warnings. he said he will say sorry for hiring andy koulson. he has only been arrested and not formally indicted, and the prime minister is saying i took him at his word and he said he did not know what was going on and i wanted to give him a second chance. >> and the prime minister did add one more investigation into the mix. tell me about that. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. we have now got this look at the kind of broad er epics of what s going on in journalism, an inquiry specifically into phone hacking, and that is a judge inquiry, and it is gettin
coulson during the sheraton case? >> i think andy was -- andy coulson was in downing street during the sheraton case so i would have had. >> did you have direct contact a? email, letter -- >> i would have had contact. >> email? just a conversation? >> it was mainly to do with work, and by email or by telephone. >> just of couple of final questions. why were you paying andy coulson's legal fees and glen mulcaire's legal fees during the sheraton case? >> as i understand it i know james murdoch could address this. when andy coulson left the "news of the world" he had an agreement that all matters relating to this. his legal fees, were paid. and i think the same for clive good man. on glen mulcaire his legal fees would be paid when he was a codefendant in the civil cases. >> are you aware of any payment to police officers. >> no. >> okay. >> i have questions about the milly do yo dowler. "news of the world" during milly dowler ab suction and murder. i have specific questions i'd like to ask you about this. could you paint a picture for us about how a newspaper like the "news of the wor
andy coulson. i was not given specific information that would lead me to change my mind. mr. speaker, the country has a right to expect that the prime minister would have made every effort to uncover information about him to protect herself and his office. the prime minister and those around him made every effort not to hear the facts about mr. coulson. in the last week, we have become aware of five opportunities for the prime minister or his staff to have acted on specific informations that would surely have led him to change his mind about mr. coulson and all were declined. his chief of staff was told february 2010 that mr. colson had a convicted criminal to workout -- work at "news of teh he world." even rebekah brooks said the decision was extraordinary. in may 2010, the deputy prime minister warned the prime minister about bringing him to downing street. he did nothing. on the september 30th, 2010, "the new york times" "did multiple sources saying he knew about the hacking at "news of the world." that article was enough to lead the police to open their inquiries and had led to t
, the clip i'm showing you is from 2003. watch closely. brooks testifying with andy coulson. coulson went on to become david cameron's spokesman and has since resigned and has been arrested in the scandal. >> can i ask, the one element if you ever pay the bliss for information? >> we have paid police for information in the past, and it's been -- >> will you do it in the put? >> it depends on -- >> within the code and within the law, there is a clear public interest and the same holds for private detectives, subterfuge. >> it's illegal for police officers to receive payments. >> no, no, no. i just said within the law. >> this is not only the beginning of the scandal. it's the beginning of the news corporation's attempts at damage control. coulson stepping in to blunt brooks' answers. i spoke with the other british whistleblower about the death of sean hoare and about the spread of allegations of illegal practices up the chain of command at news corp. here are the other stories we're digging into tonight, first. >>> deadline, do they know what the word means in washington? two weeks to go,
of the world editor andy coulson. >> with 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed i would not have offered him the job and i expect that he wouldn't have taken it. >> reporter: cameron hiring coulson to be his communication chief. coulson resigned and is free on bail after his recent arrest. >> if it turns out andy coulson knew about the hacking of news of the world, he will not only have lied to me but to the police. >> reporter: lawmakers probing into accusations news of the world reporters were paying off police for information battering cameron with rapid fire questions. >> does the prime minister accept his conflict of interest put the metropolitan police commissioner in an impossible position? >> reporter: coulson is among 10 people recently arrested in connection with allegations of phone hackings at the shuttered tabloid. others include rebekah brooks, another former editor of news of the world and there's the continued issue of alleged payments to police for information. >> police corruption must be rooted out. >> reporter: rupert murdoch, ceo of news corp., parent company of fox
payment. >> it seemed like she had said too much there. and coulson was arrested earlier this week as well. why wasn't this a bigger deal in 2003? >> i think we got the answer though that today, don, because it appears that law enforcement was intimately tied up with this hacking scandal and the corruption scandal at "news of the world" with britain's top cop now stepping down, saying he should have handled things differently. i think we'll really start to see this thing unravel. i believe this is the beginning of the uk's watergreat. there's too much corruption at too high of a level. here is a woman who is admitting, sure, we paid police for information. the police had four years' worth of files of at least 4,000 hacking victims, and they did nothing. they didn't even notify the victims of the hacking. so i think this is really just the beginning of an unfolding scandal that's going to get bigger and bigger as each day goes by. >> lisa, stay there. i want you to hear from hugh grant, the actor who helped to bust this scandal wide open. >> i don't really believe that tony blair dared snee
as a news spokesman and suggested that it be andy coulson, and -- >> i read that. >> and what was your reaction to that story? >> well, it is matter of public knowledge that it was george osborne osborne's, the chancellor's idea that when andy coulson left that they stop discussions with him as an appropriate person to go into the hq, and the first time i heard of him being approached was from andy coulson and not the prime minister. >> so you have no conversation with david cameron who was not the prime minister at the time. >> the piece you are talking about, the answer is no. the allegation which i have read is that i told the prime minister to hire andy coulson and that is not true. never was true and the idea came from george osborne. >> so you had no conversation with david cameron about andy coulson being suitable for that position? >> no. >> none whatsoever? >> no. obviously, you are talking about about before his appointment? >> yes. >> no. >> and you presumably would in a social context swap gossip with david cameron when you would meet, and that gossip could actually be havi
got a real complaint. they have gone but the prime minister who was warned about coulson and the mayor of london who was warned a year ago by labour members, they stay in place. >> we'll leave it there. thank y'all very much. now the myriad of new developments and strange twists to this story are taxing everyone following it. there was another example tonight with the death of "the news of the world" journalist who blew the news on phone-hacking sean hoare. police say the circumstances are not suspicious. remind us who sean hoare was? >> he was colorful character. showbiz reporter on "news of the world". successful with his job until he was dismissed with drink and drug problems. people speak of him as a very talented, showbiz reporter who clear le had a multitude of sources and was very good at his job. as you mentioned in the introduction the police are not confirming his identity but widely reported it is sean hoare who was found in waford, northwest of london. death is unexplained but not necessarily suspicious. but what we do know about him, of course, he had the guts i suppose to
and debate. after two weeks of resisting pressure for a full-scale apology for hiring andy coulson david cameron edged towards one and he said people would hear the full genuine article if andy coulson was found to have lied. >> i have an old fashioned view about innocent until proven guilty. but if it turns out i've been lied to that would be a moment for a profound apology. and in that event i can tell you i will not fall short. people will of course make judgements about it. of course i regret and i am extremely sorry about the furore it has caused with 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed i would not have offered him the job and i expect that he would not have taken it. but you don't make decisions in hindsight. you make them in the present. you live and you learn, and believe you me i have learnt. >> that isn't good enough. because people, people, it's not about hindsight mr. speaker. it's not about whether mr. coulson lied to him. it's about all the information and warnings that the prime minister ignored. >> reporter: labour says the prime minister should have turfed andy cou
to coulson, while at "news of the world," he employed a royal's reporters named clive goodman who hired glenn marcair, scotland yard arrested goodman, marcair, coulson, and brooks, but paul stevenson resigned yesterday in part because he hired neal wallace as a pr consultant who used to work at "news of the world" under coulson. now john yates, number two at scotland yard stepped down today because he refused to open the hacking scandal two years ago, he also has ties to neal wallace. stephanie, we've tried to put that together as best we can, give us more on this tangled web in britain. >> chris, it's not easy and people will look at that and go huh? it is very confusing, this has been a mind-bending story because news corp. and its influence in this country is wide spread and we're now seeing that. this has been an unbelievable 36 hours where you have the top two men in charge of scotland yard resigning, rebekah brooks getting arrested, now this strange news of this journalist who has shown up dead, and what you are seeing right now is the affect of this web on various facets of society her
head of communications and former "news of the world" editor andy coulson. >> of course, i regret and i'm extremely sorry about the furor it has caused. with 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed, i would not have offered him the job, and i expect that he wouldn't have taken it, but you don't make decisions in hindsight. you make them in the present. you live rand you learn, and believe you me, i have learned. >> and confront the conservative cameron, the opposition did. >> he was warned, and he preferred to ignore the warnings so that the country can have the leadership we need. why doesn't he do more -- why doesn't he do more than give half an apology and provide the full apology now for hiring mr. coulson and bringing him into the heart of downing street? >> well, for more on today's emergency hearing, i'm joined now by itn reporter sally biddulph. how did he do and what's your assessment? were things better or worse after things were done? >> well, rich, the consensus here in the uk is that david cameron actually did pretty well today. it was a difficult session for him in parli
cameron addressing the house of commons. >> if it turns out andy coulson knew about the hacking at the news of the world he will not only have lied to me, but he would have lied to the police, to a select committee torque the press complaints commission, and of course, perjured himself in a court of law. >> former news of the world ed tore andy coulson was until january cameron's communications director. >> with 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed i would not have offered him the job and i expect that he wouldn't have taken it. >> coulson was arrested this month suspected of corruption in the u.s. voice mail hacking and police bribery scandal. >> you live and you learn and believe you me i have learned. >> even after he owned up to the lesson, opposition leader ed millband seemed ready to school the prime minister. >> he made the wrong choice. he chose to stick with mr. coulson. >> millband says cameron owes to it the british people to be more forthright blchl the country has a right to expect that the prime minister would have made every effort to uncover the information
choice to hire former "news of the world" editor andy coulson as his communications director. coulson was one of the first people arrested over the hacking scandal within rupert murdoch's media empire. >> with 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed, would i not have offered him the job, and i expect that he wouldn't have taken it. >> cameron says he regrets his decision to hire coulson and once again denies claims that his staff tried to stop an investigation into the phone hacking. more live from london with the latest. so does this get the heat off of the prime minister? >> reporter: well, tamron, it's been an incredibly difficult day for david cameron, but the consensus here in the uk is that he dealt with it pretty well. he tackled the question of why he hired andy coulson, the former editor of "news of the world" as his communications director and he didn't exactly apologi apologize. he said, of course, i regret it and i'm sorry for the furor it's called. >> the opposition leader didn't like what he said saying it showed him a catastrophic error in judgment but as a counter if
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